Paul applies the name of mediator to Jesus' role. According to modern definitions, a
mediator is a neutral party who facilitates negotiations between two or more disputants,
assists the disputants to arrive at a mutually acceptable agreement, controls the process to
ensure that negotiations take place in a balanced and fair manner, and ensures that each
party is given equal opportunity to speak and respond to the other. Mediators do not act
as legal council and do not give legal advice.
The picture painted of Jesus, the mediator between God and humankind, in the New
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.